§ CAPTAIN DONELAN (Cork, E.)
On behalf of the hon. Member for Cork County, N.E. (Mr. WM. ABRAHAM), I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, how much beyond one penny in the pound on the valuation of Belfast has been expended on the public library since its foundation; and, from what funds the excess of expenditure has been met?
§ MR. GERALD BALFOUR
The Town Clerk of Belfast informs me that a sum of £8,210 12s. 3d. beyond one penny in the pound on the valuation of Belfast has been expended on the public library and museum since its foundation, and that thin excess has been met by grants from the gas undertaking amounting to £5,500, and from the Science and Art Department £1,714 12s., leaving a debit balance of £946.